Pete Mills 5-tet Pays Tribute to Horace Silver

Saxophonist Pete Mills’ Side One Series continues this week at Natalie’s. On Wednesday the 19th, at 9pm, his 5-tet will present “Head Noddin’ and Finger Poppin’ – The Music of Horace Silver.” The legendary hard bop (and beyond) pianist and composer made countless contributions to jazz music over his five decade career, both through his distinctive playing and his innovative compositions. His catalog includes many wonderful tunes that have become standards, including “Song For My Father” and “The Preacher.” Mills’ 5-tet will play their favorites from Silver’s 1950s and 1960s Blue Note Records recordings, honoring the material while adding their own twists. This month’s 5-tet includes Mills’ Quartet and adds special guest Rob Parton on trumpet. The Chicago-based performer and Capital trumpet professor sounds great in the From the Five Jazztet, so his contributions here should be top notch. I have also been impressed lately by the Quartet’s pianist, Erik Augis, so his playing the role of Silver should be a treat.

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